May 30, 2010

Metal Detector Review

I really didn't think this App would work, but it did and the kids had a great time going around the house finding metal objects. It was a good learning experiment about what was metal, and what was plastic painted to look like metal. Grandpa has had a knee replacement, and yep, the kids freaked him out by telling him which one it was using Metal Detector.

The Android can do this because of the compass mechanism and it doesn't work on all types of metal. Some people will have a real need for an App like this, for others it is just a great party App. My kids can't wait to take it to the beach, but that won't be happening!

Price: Free
Phone Tested On: Nexus One
Developer: Kurt Radwanski

May 29, 2010

Where's My Droid Review

I would love to tell you I've never, not even once, lost my cell phone. However, that would be a lie. I conveniently seem to lose it when the ringer has been turned off or down too. I walk around my house and car listening for the vibrating phone. Once I found my son had packed into his toy chest when he was done playing a game. Nice.

Where's My Droid to the Rescue! Seriously, this App should come shipped on all Android phones. It has a few really cool features:

1. Turns on the ringer to high volume so you can look for the phone. Text the code "Wheres my droid" to the phone.
2. If you still can't find your phone it will send the GPS corrdinates back to you.Text "GPS my droid".
3. The paid version ($1) comes with a few additional features, most notably it adds a custom Button to your home screen that allows anyone who finds your phone to find your contact info.

Of course with this app, your phone has to actually be on AND lost. I love that the developer of this app is a college student just doing what he loves. I will definitely be getting the paid version of this app! He has a few instructional videos here that will help you get started.

Price: $1 (So worth it!), Free version too
Phone Tested On: Nexus One
Developer: alienmanfc6 - Brad Degelau

Word Up! Review

Having a few good time killing games on your Android is imperative, right? Word Up! is a great choice and you get to use your brain a little bit too. It is basically an Android version of Boggle. A grid is presented with letters. Drag your fingers over the connecting letters to make words. Use the menu to ROTATE the puzzle and view the letters from a different perspective. When you are done your score is given and the present of words on the puzzle you found. You can also see a full list of words, including those you didn't discover.

This is a really well done game, and one of the better FREE word games I have seen. On the settings screen you can also change the timing and screen layout by adding a bigger word grid. It was a little difficult for my young children, but kept my husband and I busy for a bit.

Price: Free or $2.99 without ads
Phone Tested On: NexusOne
Developer: Anthrological

Garage Sale Rover Review

Garage Sale Rover is a really handy App for scoping out your weekend bargain hunting! The App takes Craigslist garage sale ads in your area (based on your location) and creates a handy visual reference guide. By clicking on the Red Garage Sale Rover balloon more information is given along with the full address details. Even the entire Craigslist add if you want. With the paid version the App give you turn by turn navigation directions to the site.

Sure you could just open the browser on your Android and navigate through the the tiny links and scroll through all the ads in your city. Or do like did, and manually search through Craigslist and add them to my Google Maps to use late when I'm driving. But Garage Sale Rover will make all that a thing of the past! This is a must have App for those who love estate and weekend sales!

Price: Free/ $2.99 (includes driving directions)
Phone Tested On: Nexus One
Developer: Navigation App

My Days Review

My Days is a great App for Women and is exclusive to Android. Trying to get pregnant or trying to avoid getting pregnant? Or just a women who wants to plan ahead? My Days is a very simple App that you will love. Once the App is installed you can enter the start day of last menstrual cycle. The App will guesstimate your fertile days and next start date based on that. Each month you enter the exact date it started and the App will figure out your regular cycle.

My Doctor always asks "Date of you last period?" and for the first time ever in my life I could answer it accurately thanks to My Days. If you are a Mother with daughters and keep track of that sort of thing, you can have multiple accounts on one phone to track them. I also like how you can add Notes to any day here. The only thing I can think that would make it better is adding a subtle note to Google Calendar!

Price: Free
Phone Tested On: Nexus One